On March 18, 2020, United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce announced a joint effort to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.  Additionally, United Way of Greater Lafayette and the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette will be partnering with United Way in Montgomery County, United Way of Danville Area, Warren County Community Foundation, Western Indiana Community Foundation, Montgomery County Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Carroll County and the Benton Community Foundation to provide needed services to those communities as well.  

The goal of the COVID-19 Response Fund is to rapidly deploy resources to local non-profit organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need and to those who are looking for innovative means to provide support networks for those who need them the most. 

In addition to the funds raised by United Way of Greater Lafayette and the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, UWGL received COVID-19 Response Funds sponsored by Indiana United Ways, with funding provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc. totaling $1.45 million. The first wave of funding was distributed based on population to support Tippecanoe, Benton, Carroll, Foundation and Warren counties in their efforts to provide critical and necessary services to those who have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Wave 2 funds totaling $853,765 will focus on immediate and essential basic need as determined by the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and will add Montgomery County to our service area.

These funds will help stabilize the Cradle to Career Commitment and broader safety net services by supporting local non-profits that are providing critical services to individuals and families. Our normal strategies focus on helping people find a path to better education, income and health. These funds will strengthen that work during this crisis and into the future. 


Agency Eligibility

Any organization wishing to submit a proposal must:

  • Serve residents of Tippecanoe, Carroll, Benton, Fountain or Warren counties
  • Have a 501(c)3 status or other nonprofit designation, as stated from the IRS in Health and Human Services or have a fiscal agent that meets this criteria

Funding Priorities

• Operational support for health and human service focused nonprofits that provide basic/essential needs programming or support that allows individuals access to the programming
• Immediate Basic and essential needs
     o Healthcare Access and Quality
     o Education Access and Quality
     o Social and Community Context
     o Economic Stability
     o Neighborhood and Built Environment

For more information regarding qualifying programs visit Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

For information on restricted purposes view Covid Fund Quick Reference Sheet

Application Process

Step 1: Review Covid-19 Response Funding Priorities to determine if your request aligns.

Step 2: Complete and submit an application to Jennifer Million at

Grant requests should be between $2,500 and $50,000. Grant awards and reporting requirements will be communicated via email.


This grant will have a rolling deadline until the funds are expended. All funds must be distributed by February 28th, 2022.

Review Process

All completed applications will be assessed through a review process by local committees made up of community volunteers representing each community served. 

Fund Distribution and Oversight

United Way of Greater Lafayette will manage the fund distribution process and provide oversight of the funds reporting requirements.  All final funding allocations will be approved by the United  Way of Greater Lafayette Board of Directors